Coronavirus India lockdown Day 83 are living updates | Amit Shah holds all-party meet on COVID-19 state of affairs in Delhi

India registered more than 10,000 cases for the third day in a row and is the fourth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic currently. As the infection shows no signs of abating worldwide, experts are looking at how we can revamp the existing means of education, work practices, healthcare and transportation to cope with this.

Central to India’s lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19 was a complete shutdown of the transport system. Now, as the country emerges from the lockdown, a proper ramping up of the transport system is needed, argues engineering experts.

Here is a list of State Helpline numbers. You can track coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates at the national and State levels here.

Here are the latest updates:

11:55 p.m. | Hyderabad

Journalists and their kin test positive in Hyderabad

Of the 140-odd journalists who have been reporting during the COVID-19 lockdown and their family members in Hyderabad who gave their swab samples for coronavirus testing, 23 have tested positive.

The Health department is conducting tests for journalists and their family members at the Old Secretariat. Earlier this month, over 20 reporters, including a few from national media and various publications from across the State, had been diagnosed with the virus.

11:50 p.m. | Delhi

Amit Shah holds all-party meet on COVID-19 situation in Delhi

Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with the leaders of all political parties of Delhi on Monday to discuss about the novel coronavirus situation, officials said.

Mr. Shah apprised the leaders of four major political parties of Delhi on the steps taken to check the coronavirus pandemic and sought their views on the issue, a Home Ministry official said.

Leaders of the BJP, Congress, Aam Aadmi Party and the BSP have attended the meeting.

— PTI

11.30 am | Mumbai

SBI closes 3 branches in Mumbai, Thane after spike in COVID cases among staff

The nation’s largest lender, State Bank of India, has temporarily closed three branches — two in Mumbai and one in adjoining Thane — after eight staff tested positive for COVID-19, bank employees said.

The bank’s main branch in Thane was shuttered last week after seven of the 25 staff were found COVID-19 positive, according to a senior bank employee.

As a precautionary measure, the bank temporarily stopped operations at its LCPC located in Andheri, after a gardener working there was founded to be infected with the virus, the employee said.

11 am | Mumbai

SBI closes 3 branches in Mumbai, Thane after spike in COVID cases among staff

The nation’s largest lender, State Bank of India, has temporarily closed three branches — two in Mumbai and one in adjoining Thane — after eight staff tested positive for COVID-19, bank employees said.

The bank’s main branch in Thane was shuttered last week after seven of the 25 staff were found COVID-19 positive, according to a senior bank employee.

As a precautionary measure, the bank temporarily stopped operations at its LCPC located in Andheri, after a gardener working there was founded to be infected with the virus, the employee said.

10.30 am | Chennai

Ten zones in Chennai surpass 1,000-mark

Ten zones of the Greater Chennai Corporation have reported more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases each.

Royapuram continues to report the largest number, with cases in the zone crossing 5,000. Owing to the increasing cases in the 10 zones, the Corporation has deployed 61 mobile medical units for COVID-19 containment activities in the city. The units will conduct fever camps and help those in home isolation.

Residents in each of the six zones — Royapuram, Tondiarpet, Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, Kodambakkam, Anna Nagar and Teynampet — received the services of six mobile medical units on Sunday.

10 am | India

11,502 more COVID-19 cases, 325 deaths in India

India saw a jump of over 11,000 novel coronavirus cases for the third consecutive day on Monday, taking the total number of infections to over 3.32 lakh, while the toll rose to 9,520 with 325 more deaths, the Health Ministry said.

There are 1,53,106 active cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), while 1,69,797 people have recovered and a patient has migrated, according to the ministry data updated in the morning.

Therefore, 51.07% of the patients have recovered so far, an official said. – PTI

9.30 am | Bengaluru

Bengaluru church hosts drive-in prayers

Though places of worship have started opening their doors, online streaming of mass and pujas continues to be popular.

A church in Bengaluru, meanwhile, has come up with a novel solution to ensure social distancing during prayers. In a first, a drive-in service was conducted by Bethel AG Church at Hebbal Kempapura.

In a first, a drive-in service being held at Bethel AG Church in Hebbal Kempapura, Bengaluru, on Sunday.
 

 

The service called ‘Worship on Wheels’ was held to ensure that social distancing was maintained during Sunday prayers. Though Sacred Hearts Church was closed, the Sunday mass was held in an open ground.

 

9 am | Delhi

All party meeting today to discuss Delhi’s COVID-19 situation

In the wake of the worsening COVID-19 situation in Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has convened an all-party meeting on Monday. The Delhi units of BJP, AAP, Congress and BSP have been invited to attend the meeting.

This comes a day after Mr. Shah met with Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and others, following which he announced that testing will be ramped up in the capital city.

On Sunday, Delhi registered the highest spike in COVID-19 cases. The total number of cases now stands at 41,182 out of which 24,032 are active cases. The total number of deaths here stands at 1,327.

Meanwhile, numerous examples of patients being slapped with ‘exorbitant’ bills by private hospitals have come to light. The Hindu interviewed six persons who said that they were either asked to pay an advance deposit ranging from ₹2 lakh to ₹6.5 lakh or charged “exorbitant” rates for COVID-19 treatment by private hospitals in the city.

8.30 am | Mumbai

Local trains in Mumbai back on track for essential service workers today

Over two months after it was suspended, Mumbai’s local trains started functioning for essential service workers like health, civic and police personnel from today morning. Ticket windows will be opened for commuters, but passes will be issued only to those who can furnish a government ID card.

Western Railway (WR) will run 120 services from Virar to Churchgate, while Central Railway (CR) will run 200 services. On WR, services will run at 15-minute intervals between 5.30 a.m. and 11.30 p.m. On CR, trains will only halt at fast service stations and will depart from Panvel, Kasara, Karjat, Kalyan and Thane.

 

8 am | China

China’s Beijing re-institutes measures to contain new outbreak

Even as it looked like China had got the coronavirus pandemic under control, capital city of Beijing has reported 49 new cases, many of which was traced to a wholesale market that supplies much of the city’s meat and vegetables.

 

Beijing has closed the Xinfadi market, ordered testing of all its workers and is requiring anyone who travelled there to self-isolate for two weeks.

The new cases reported over the weekend mark China’s highest daily total of coronavirus cases in two months, prompting Beijing to suspend the restart of some classes and reverse the relaxation of some social isolation measures.

 

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